When an injury accident involving a bus occurs, many variables must be taken into consideration and the case is going to be handled much differently than a normal passenger car accident. The details of the accident can have a substantial impact on how your case must be handled.
Buses carry multiple passengers, which raises the issue of insurance coverage. While both privately and public owned buses generally have considerable liability insurance coverage, when multiple parties are injured in the same accident, the cumulative damages can easily exceed the policy coverage.
It is for this reason that you must act promptly if you have been injured in an accident involving a bus. Waiting to file your claim could affect your ability to recover anything at all.
It is also important to recognize that commercial bus drivers operate under an additional set of federal rules laid out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These laws clearly define such things as how long the driver can be behind the wheel, how long the vehicle can be in motion before the driver must take a rest break, when the driver is allowed to use a cell phone and much more.
If you have been hurt in a bus accident in the Hemet area, your should seek immediate medical attention then contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Whether you were a passenger on the bus or an unfortunate motorist hit by the bus, quick action is necessary to ensure that your medical bills and pain and suffering are adequately compensated.
School Bus Accident
Each day, thousands of school children use the school bus system to get to and from school. Parents assume that every precaution has been taken to ensure that their children arrive safely. However, in the event of an accident, a child may suffer catastrophic injuries due to the lack of seatbelts and safety harnesses. School bus accidents can seriously damage a child’s brain, neck and spinal cord.
Charter Bus Accident
Tourists visiting California often board charter buses to see the sights and to travel to and from destinations within in the city. While these larger buses generally feature large, comfortable seats, they do not typically include seatbelts. If a charter bus is involved in an accident, there may be multiple responsible parties that can complicate the case. The charter company, driver or manufacturer may be held liable for the injuries you have received during an accident.
Public Transportation Accident
Public transportation buses are commonly used in many California cities. Buses often become overcrowded and standing is not only permitted on most public buses, but can be a necessity if seating is unavailable. When a public transportation bus is involved in an accident, the risk for injury may be elevated. Although the city may investigate the case, it is important that you still speak with an injury lawyer regarding your injuries. This is the only way to protect your rights.
There are a number of reasons a bus may get into an accident, but driver fatigue seems to be one of the most common. Some of the other common (but somewhat less frequent) causes of bus accidents include:
Some of the more common injuries that an individual may face when involved in a bus accident include:
Buses are much larger than commuter vehicles and can cause severe injuries in an accident. In addition, most buses do not offer seat belts, which increases the risk of painful injury in the event of a crash. Some passengers in a bus accident may suffer minor injuries (such as cuts, bruises and sprains) while others can suffer much more severe and life-altering injuries (broken bones, injuries to concussions, internal organs, burns, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury). For some, these injuries prove fatal.
In the end, your personal injury lawyer is your advocate in court. At the Hemet Law Offices of Brent A. Duque, we maintain a staff of a highly professional, knowledgeable, dynamic and successful bus accident attorneys who represent injured people through our offices that stretch across Southern California. Time limitations apply to any injury claim you might have, so for purposes of investigating a possible case and possibly preserving evidence, it’s best for you to contact us immediately after an accident.
Contact our Riverside County Personal Injury Attorney at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away. You can even use our online contact form, and we’ll reply to you quickly.
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